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Old 03-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #15
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thanks all, I don't want to hurry up and rush to get a WD SW system that I don't like just to get the trailer home

Years ago I saw a motorhome towing a lightweight trailer behind, trailer started swaying wildly and came off the hitch and safety chains and cartwheeled into the median.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #16
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Folks are free to tow how they wish but I've always been a bit surprised at anyone who voluntarily turns down weight distribution and sway control.

The tongue weight may only be 300 lbs but surely it's better to get it spread across two axles than one? As for sway control, I don't see what influence the size or weight of the TV has, it's the trailer that sways isn't it? If nothing else, sway control is cheap insurance , no? To me it's a bit like wearing a seatbelt; hopefully we never need it but you might be grateful for it one day...

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Old 03-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #17
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At one point in the past I purchased a WD setup that I used once for a 15 mile tow.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #18
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You can get a easy lift WD hitch and anti sway bar at Adventure Rv for about $200. It took me about 45 min to set up with hand tools and a cordless drill. Don't tighten down the main bolts until your sure of the hight.

Now with that being said I towed my 29 ' Ambassador with no WD hitch for many of camping trips. It did have some wiggle when semi goes by, and that was with the bad axles.. Otherwise pulled great. After new axles and WD hitch even better!

If you don't do the WD hitch try to use a hitch and ball that make the trailer level as possible when hooked up.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:24 PM   #19
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I towed my 72 Tradewind back to Houston from Orlando without sway control. (1000 miles on I10). My thinking was that nobody needed sway control for 40 years so I would be fine. Well I made it, but every 18 wheeler that passed me, and they all did, almost blew me off the road. First thing I did when I got back was get a decent system. After that driving 70 was like nothing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:30 PM   #20
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Gosh I must be over equipped, I tow a 16 Bambi Sport 2011 and I have the WD and antisway bar ... The feel is so good that my wife tows with confidence and often travels on her own .... However, I would tow the 19' without to bring it home ...but carefully on every mile of the way. It really is a personal decision and one I would contemplate only if the weather was dry, calm, and mild......good luck on your decision.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #21
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I've towed over 6,000 miles with my rig. No weight distibution or sway bars. 18 wheelers cause me no trouble. High winds? Again, no trouble. It all depends on the trailer and TV. If you have a stable trailer and a good TV, you don't need anything else.
Like I said before, our old rig needed both WD and SC. If I was just moving it locally (under 45 mph) I really didn't need anything. You've just got to try it out and see how it runs. 150 miles is just a short hop.
I go with the less is more theory. If you don't need it; don't use it.
You have the perfect chance to see how things will work out without spending a dime. Even if the trailer fishtailes at 60 mph you can always limp home at 45. Your looking at the differeance of 3 hours and 30 min. to get home instead of 2 hours and 20 min.

Check this video out, posted on this forum a while ago:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...deo-63607.html
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:20 PM   #22
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Need to tidy up some loan issues - might be towing it home this weekend
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #23
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You do have a trailer brake controller installed, yes? That's probably the most important thing for controlling sway if something started to go wrong.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #24
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Need to tidy up some loan issues - might be towing it home this weekend
srpuywa,

As you see by the posts expressed here its a "level of risk" issue and you're the ultimate decision maker. This is a great forum where members really want to help each other and we want your towing experience to be pleasurable. However you proceed just be careful. At some point in your towing career you may find that this is not an "if I need it" thing, but rather a "when I will need it" deal. Then again you may not. No one here plans for the car, deer, or child to pull or run in front of them, or an induced tail wag to occur due to wind, a passing semi truck, or an unbalanced trailer load, but things go wrong on occasion and being prepared will make the difference in those instances.

From the physics point of view having a TV that weighs in at 1.5 to 2 times the trailer weight is a plus, but that may not save you in a sudden reaction event. I was witness to such an event.several years ago and it did not end well.

Hoping your trip is uneventful (in a good very way that is). Kevin
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #25
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Folks are free to tow how they wish but I've always been a bit surprised at anyone who voluntarily turns down weight distribution and sway control.

The tongue weight may only be 300 lbs but surely it's better to get it spread across two axles than one? As for sway control, I don't see what influence the size or weight of the TV has, it's the trailer that sways isn't it? If nothing else, sway control is cheap insurance , no? To me it's a bit like wearing a seatbelt; hopefully we never need it but you might be grateful for it one day...

Just sayin'
This is true, the worst case of trailer sway I have seen was a 10 wheel dump truck towing a generator, I stayed way back afraid it would flip and come loose from the truck, the driver probably couldn't feel it at all with 10-15 ton vehicle and load and under 1000lb trailer.

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Gosh I must be over equipped, I tow a 16 Bambi Sport 2011 and I have the WD and antisway bar ... The feel is so good that my wife tows with confidence and often travels on her own .... However, I would tow the 19' without to bring it home ...but carefully on every mile of the way. It really is a personal decision and one I would contemplate only if the weather was dry, calm, and mild......good luck on your decision.
And yet I still agree with this.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #26
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Brake controller installed last weekend, teknosha P3
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #27
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If you decide to do it, pick a day and time of day with favorable conditions; very light wind if any, dry roadway, and minimum big truck traffic. Keep speed down, especially on downgrades.

If your truck has electronic sway control that will help if not severe. I have heard a full, not partial, fresh water tank helps stability. Put nothing in the bed of the truck that adds weight over rear axle and lightens front axle.

Hopefully, the stock trailer will have at least 10% of its weight on the tongue, a trailer light on the tongue is much more likely to sway, especially downhill when the trailer wants to go faster and overtake the truck.

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Old 03-05-2013, 09:03 AM   #28
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I've towed over 6,000 miles with my rig. No weight distibution or sway bars. 18 wheelers cause me no trouble. High winds? Again, no trouble. It all depends on the trailer and TV. If you have a stable trailer and a good TV, you don't need anything else.
Like I said before, our old rig needed both WD and SC. If I was just moving it locally (under 45 mph) I really didn't need anything. You've just got to try it out and see how it runs. 150 miles is just a short hop.
I go with the less is more theory. If you don't need it; don't use it.
You have the perfect chance to see how things will work out without spending a dime. Even if the trailer fishtailes at 60 mph you can always limp home at 45. Your looking at the differeance of 3 hours and 30 min. to get home instead of 2 hours and 20 min.

Check this video out, posted on this forum a while ago:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...deo-63607.html
Been doing the same for more than 22k with our rig and agree with above. I don't have "fishtail". I've had to slam on the choppers more than once when deer bolted out with no issues. Passing semis are no issues. I run at 62 mph because the rig feels like it likes that speed.
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